北约秘书长对华态度大变 峰会时曾称中国不是敌人 峰会结束后表示要强化对华政策
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday there is no new Cold War with China but the western allies will have to adapt to the challenge of Beijing's rise.
"We're not entering a new Cold War and China is not our adversary, not our enemy," Stoltenberg told reporters after a NATO leaders' summit.
"But we need to address together, as the alliance, the challenges that the rise of China poses to our security."
"China does not share our values," Stoltenberg told CBC chief political correspondent Rosemary Barton in an interview airing today on Rosemary Barton Live.
"We see that in the way they crack down on democratic protests in Hong Kong, how they oppress minorities like the Uyghurs and also how they use modern technology, social media [and] facial recognition, to monitor, to do surveillance of their own population in a way we have never seen before.
"All of this makes it important for NATO to develop a policy, to strengthen our policy, when it comes to China."
Stoltenberg said China's arrest and ongoing detention of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig is "absolutely unacceptable" and an example of how China reacts when a "country does something they don't like."
"I saw that myself, as prime minister of Norway, when the Norwegian [Nobel] Peace Prize committee awarded a peace prize to a Chinese dissident and then China actually tried to isolate and impose economic sanctions on Norway," Stoltenberg said. "So this is behaviour that just makes it even more important that we stand together."
Stoltenberg said that despite the concerns a rising China raises, the world will still have to engage with the superpower on issues such as arms control, climate change and the global economy.